Derek McNair of Lauderdale Manors, Florida was arrested Wednesday after he was allegedly found at a home with dogs that were being used as bait in dog fights, news sources report. McNair, 22, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of the sale, possession or use of an animal for fighting or baiting another animal. Sources say he bonded out of jail on an unspecified amount. The press did not say whether McNair obtained a defense attorney.
According to reports, police received a call reporting animal abuse at 1313 Northwest 11th Street. The property belongs to JFS Ministry LLC, according to reports; however, no spokesperson for the ministry has commented on the allegations. Police found the dogs out back of the home. The female American Staffordshire Terrier-Labrador mix dogs are suspected to have been used as bait in dog fights, as well as for a damaging amount of breeding, sources say.
In the dog-fighting world, bait dogs is a term used for practice dogs. These bait dogs typically have their snouts tied shut and then are thrown into a ring with a fighter dog; this supposedly helps evaluate the fighter dog’s skill. Unfortunately, not being able to defend itself, bait dogs are sometimes mauled and mortally wounded A police spokesperson reportedly said, “A lot of [the dogs] are malnourished, they have scarring, and you can tell some of the females were used heavily for breeding. They really need rehabilitation.”